On Wednesday, May 31, at 8 p.m., Norman Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin and chair of the National Academies committee that wrote the report “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future,” will give a public lecture at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Mr. Augustine will be available for questions by media representatives after his presentation.

In celebration of the World Year of Physics, Fermilab presents a special evening to honor Albert Einstein’s scientific achievements and his love of violin music. On Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m., British violinist Jack Liebeck will appear in concert with pianist Inon Barnatan, featuring sonatas by Mozart, Brahms and Prokofiev, as well as Bloch’s Nigun.

Astronauts and comic book superheroes command (or contradict) the laws of physics with equally spectacular results, and the Department of Energy’s Fermilab Colloquium Series will explore the roles of both in the next two talks: “Beyond ‘Tang:’ The Hidden Benefits of the Space Program,” on Wednesday, January 5; and “The Uncanny Physics of Superhero Comic Books,” on Wednesday, January 12.

On Thursday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m., the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, will sponsor a free public lecture, “Extreme Computing: The Data Grid and the Future of Distributed Computing,” by six internationally known pioneers of emerging Grid technology.